AMHERST, Mass. – Laura Katz, professor of biological sciences at Smith College, will speak on “Microbes Shake the Tree of Life” at a Science Café on Monday, Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Esselon Café in Hadley.
Katz will discuss her work exploring the position and influence of microbes on the tree of life. Microbes, she reminds us, have dominated Earth’s history and represent the bulk of biodiversity and biomass on our planet, yet much remains to be learned about microbial life. Light snacks will be provided and drinks will be available for purchase. All Science Café events are free and designed for a public audience.
The Science Café series is organized by graduate students in the organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is supported by the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences, OEB and the UMass Natural History Collections.
The graduate program in organismic and evolutionary biology trains M.S. and Ph.D. students in four major areas: animal behavior, ecology, evolutionary biology, and organismal biology. OEB graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty study biological processes ranging from the molecular to the ecosystem level, often bridging the gap between basic and applied research.